Anti-Muslim crimes in the British capital have increased fivefold since the London Bridge terror attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday, warning that police would take a ‘zero-tolerance approach’. “Provisional statistics for 6 June show a 39 per cent increase in racist incidents, compared to the daily average this year, and a fivefold increase in the number of Islamophobic incidents,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.
It said 53 racist incidents were recorded on Wednesday, compared to a daily average of 37 so far in 2017. Twenty of them were anti-Muslim incidents, well above the 2017 daily average of 3.45. “This is the highest daily level of Islamophobic incidents in 2017 to date,” the statement said, adding it was higher than levels reached after the November 2015 attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed.